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Afghanistan | FAO and Embassy of Sweden to Afghanistan joint visit to Nili, Daikundi Province

Apr 2021

Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) with USD 3.6 million, the FAO project OSRO/AFG/107/SWE, entitled 'Emergency assistance for protecting agriculture-livelihoods and rebuilding coping capacities of vulnerable and food insecure farming households to shocks including COVID-19' will provide emergency and resilience assistance to 168 000 vulnerable people (24 000 farming and livestock-holding households) in the four most food-insecure provinces of Afghanistan (Badakhshan, Daikundi, Nuristan, and Samangan) between 1 March 2021 and 28 February 2022.

Through this humanitarian assistance, 8 000 households will receive a wheat assistance package, including certified high-quality seeds and fertilizers, which they otherwise would not have been able to afford. This support is coupled with a specific training to improve wheat productivity and geared towards sustainable, nutrition-sensitive and climate-smart crop cultivation. Another 8 000 households will be provided with a livestock protection package, featuring 100 kg of concentrated animal feed, provided alongside animal health assistance in the form of deworming medicines. Both emergency assistance packages will be key to anticipate the drought-like impacts of La Niña expected in 2021.  

This project will also support 8 000 vulnerable households through Cash for Work. They will also rehabilitate 100 local water harvesting infrastructures and flood protection walls through the Cash-for-Work modality. Some 56 000 people will also benefit from unconditional cash transfers, nutrition-sensitive kitchen gardening packages and related trainings. Throughout this intervention, FAO will also sensitize people regarding COVID-19. All precautionary measures to prevent and minimize the spread of the virus will be strictly followed throughout the implementation of the activities.

Author: FAO in Afghanistan

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